WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who is one of President Donald Trump’s most loyal supporters and is backing the effort to undo the 2020 election results, is in line to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, according to reports.
Jordan is expected to receive the medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor, sometime next week, although plans have not been finalized, The Washington Post reports. U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes of California, also a loyal ally to the president, received the award on Monday.
Both Jordan and Nunes were fierce defenders of the president during Trump’s impeachment early in 2020. The New York Times reports both Jordan and Nunes helped look for unflattering information about those investigating the president. They often worked with the White House to publicize attacks against investigators, including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Times reports.
The medal usually is awarded to recognize “exceptional contributions” to national security, world peace or cultural and other “significant” endeavors, the Times reports.
Jordan is among a group of dozens of Republican representatives who plan on Wednesday to challenge Congress’ certification of the Electoral College results confirming Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. Experts say the challenge has little chance of succeeding.